Hans Bernd von Haeften
|Hans-Bernd August Gustav von Haeften|
December 18, 1905|
|Died||August 15, 1944
Cause of death
|Execution by hanging|
|Known for||German Resistance|
Von Haeften was born in Berlin to Agnes (née von Brauchitsch, a relative of Walther von Brauchitsch) and Hans von Haeften, an army officer and President of the Reichsarchiv. His siblings were Elisabeth and Werner (1908–1944). After studying law, which had led him as an exchange student to Oxford University, he first found himself busy with the Stresemann Foundation, and then in 1933, he joined the Foreign Service. He worked mainly for the cultural-political department of the Foreign Office and as a cultural attaché in Copenhagen, Vienna and Bucharest.
In 1940, von Haeften became the department's leader, but refused to join the Nazi Party. From 1933, he belonged to the Confessing Church. He had contacts with the Kreisau Circle, especially through Ulrich von Hassell and Adam von Trott zu Solz. He refused on religious and moral grounds to have anything to do with any attempt on Adolf Hitler's life, but supported the attempt to overthrow Hitler and stood ready to take power at the Foreign Ministry for the plotters.
Von Haeften was arrested on 23 July 1944, three days after the assassination attempt at the Wolfsschanze in East Prussia, for which his brother Werner von Haeften, as Claus von Stauffenberg's adjutant, was summarily shot. On 15 August, von Haeften was brought before the People's Court, where he described Hitler as "a great perpetrator of evil". He was sentenced to death and hanged the same day at Plötzensee Prison in Berlin.
- (Hoffman, 1995) p.231
- (Fest, 1996) p.326
- Fest, Joachim (1996), Plotting Hitler's Death (translation of 'Staatsstreich: Der lange Weg zum 20 Juli'), Weidenfeld & Nicolson, ISBN 0-297-81774-4
- von Haeften, Barbara (1997), Nichts Schriftliches von Politik - Hans Bernd von Haeften: Ein Lebensbericht, Munich: C. H. Beck, ISBN 3-406-42614-X
- Hoffmann, Peter (1995), Stauffenberg (translation of 'Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg und seine Brüder'), University of Cambridge, ISBN 0-521-45307-0
- The Restless Conscience (USA 1991)
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- Hans Bernd von Haeften in the German National Library catalogue
- Hans-Bernd von Haeften at Jewish Virtual Library
- (German) Die Gedenkstätte Plötzensee: Der 20. Juli 1944 (title translated into English: July,20 1944); 2003; p. 12–13
- (German) Andreas Möckel: Zum 100. Geburtstag von Hans-Bernd von Haeften (title translated into English: 100th anniversary); Website of Kreisau-Initiative Würzburg e.V.
- (German) Michael Stürmer: Barbara von Haeften: Abschied; in: Die Welt, Ausgabe April 8, 2006.